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Helpful Hints for Waterfowlers to Improve Hunting Success
Posted on: 06/21/18

Would you like to improve your waterfowling success and make each trip a bit safer and more enjoyable? These 30 tips from Ducks Unlimited could help. First, Avoid Foul Weather Fowl-ups - Duck caller reeds sometimes freeze or stick in frigid weather. Prevent gum-ups by using a product such as Rain-X or Aquapel that's made to deter rain, snow and ice buildup on windshields. A few drops rubbed on...

Guide to National FREE Fishing Days for 2018
Posted on: 06/08/18

During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. Check out the next free fishing days in your state...

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Hunter Education and Safety Programs

ATTENTION ALL HUNTERS...It's that time again and most states have started their mandatory Hunter Education Programs and / or their Safety Education Programs for the 2018 season. Classes are held in several areas and dates throughout your state.Click on the state you want and scroll down to Hunter Education. All hunters must attend or have attended these programs in order to hunt this fall...

Apply for Nevada 2018 Dove Hunts in Overton WMA by July 11
Posted on: 06/22/18

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is now accepting reservation applications from hunters hoping to hunt doves at the Overton Wildlife Management Area when the season opens Sept. 1. Hunters must use paper applications, which must be delivered through a postal service and received at the NDOW Headquarters Office in Reno no later than...

Nevada Youth Hunters Apply for 2nd Chance Big Game Hunting by June 25
Posted on: 06/22/18

Nevada junior hunters who were either unsuccessful in the recent big game draw or missed the deadline to submit an application, have a second chance at a deer tag with the big game second draw application period...

No Public Lottery for Vermont Moose Hunting Permits in 2018
Posted on: 06/22/18

There will be no public lottery for moose hunting permits in 2018. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Departmentís Big Game Team and the Fish and Wildlife Board authorized 13 bulls-only moose permits for 2018 in WMUs E1 and E2 only. These permits will be divided among...

Apply for Wyoming 2018 Deer, Elk, Antelope Leftover License Draw June 25-29
Posted on: 06/22/18

Any Wyoming 2018 leftover licenses from the initial draw will be distributed through a leftover draw. The list of leftover licenses for deer, elk and antelope will be available is now available online. The application period will be five days, June 25-29, 2018. Leftover draw results will...

Wyoming Governor Approves Rules to 1st Grizzly Bear Hunt in 44 yrs
Posted on: 06/22/18

Governor Matt Mead approved rules put forth by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission that allow hunting grizzly bears. The rules establish the hunting season and boundaries, the number and sex of bears and types of firearms that can be used. The quotas are...

FWC Approve Several Changes to Trap Fisheries Rules
Posted on: 06/21/18

At the June 20 meeting in Sarasota, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several draft changes to recreational and commercial trap fisheries rules and directed staff to come back to the September meeting for a final public hearing. Approved draft changes include...

Apply Online for Kansas 2018 Elk And Either-Species Deer Permits by July 13
Posted on: 06/21/18

The application deadline for Kansas 2018 limited elk and either-species deer firearm permits is July 13, 2018. Kansas residents may apply online for one of 12 Either-species Elk permits and...

Grab, Gig or Dip For Kansas Bullfrogs Starting July 1
Posted on: 06/21/18

A summer in Kansas isn’t complete without getting your feet a little wet – while frogging, that is. The season on bullfrogs in Kansas is July 1-October 31. Farm ponds, puddles, shallow creeks and marshes will be teeming with the sounds of splashing and bullfrogs croaking. Once you’ve purchased a 2018 fishing license, you can legally take bullfrogs using...